'

Samsung Quietly disables Windows Updates on Laptops

Samsung Quietly disables Windows Updates on their Laptops

Samsung Quietly disables Windows Updates on their Laptops

Samsung Quietly disables Windows Updates on their Laptops

 

It looks like Samsung are preventing Windows from updating on some of their laptops, by installing a program automatically without the users consent or knowledge. 

The app in question is named Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, which is installed on systems without the users knowledge. It is intended to prevent Windows update from writing over Samsung's proprietary drivers with default drivers, preventing sudden system incompatibility but sadly it does not just block these specific updates but all Windows updates, leaving computers with gaps in it's security. Even if the user re-enables Windows update the app will disable it again.  

  

Samsung Quietly disables Windows Updates on their Laptops  

Samsung laptops do not ship with this application, instead downloading it silently in the backround, without the user even knowing that it is happening. Disable_Windowsupdate.exe is signed with Samsung’s security certificate, confirming that Samsung did create the application.

Right now it is unclear which Samsung Laptops are affected by this app, but everything about this is a severe breach of trust. Disabling Windows update is unacceptable, so is installing anything covertly and without the users knowledge, worse still is the fact that the app is installed by via a non-secure protocol, meaning that is the server delivering the app was compromised almost anything could be installed through this backdoor without the PCs users knowing. 

It is reasons like this that makes me always recommend one thing to all PC users, to operate using a clean install of Windows and not what the manufacturer provides. Bloatware and other unwanted software is very common today and the only way to be safe from it is to operate with a clean OS, just as Microsoft made it.

Hopefully Microsoft will work to prevent similar applications like Disable_Windowsupdate.exe in the future, but until then system integrators can continue to operate in such a way.

 

You can join the discussion on Samsung disabling Windows Update on certain laptops on the OC3D Forums.  

 

«Prev 1 Next»

Most Recent Comments

25-06-2015, 07:20:58

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by WYP View Post
It looks like Samsung are preventing Windows from updating on some of their laptops, by installing a program automatically without the users consent or knowledge. This is unacceptable.
Hmm, not if the update breaks their laptop it isn't.

I disable Windows Update now. It really never improves anything as it seems perfectly stable to me and I don't like some of the DRM they install.Quote

25-06-2015, 07:25:41

Thelosouvlakia
[s]Bloody[/s] OEMs and your bloatware and other things!!
One of the reasons Ι don't like laptops.. If I were to buy a laptop I would get those that run freeDOS and install my self-owned retail version of windowsQuote

25-06-2015, 07:28:02

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vault-Tec View Post
I disable Windows Update now. It really never improves anything as it seems perfectly stable to me and I don't like some of the DRM they install.
Security innit. Windows 7 also did get a decent boost in performance for certain hardware configs.





Lol, this is a company who stopped selling their laptops in the EU. Their laptops are full of junk and for the most part were overpriced pieces of plastic. Its stupid but then again, the people who depend on updates more aren't going to buy a £800 macbook air copy made out of plastic.Quote

25-06-2015, 07:48:34

kbalaz
It amazes me that people still buy Samsung products anymore. They are becoming very well known for the amount of bloatware they put on their devices, having things run secretly in the background, and in being very resource hungry without knowing why.Quote

25-06-2015, 07:51:05

Chrazey
Quote:
Originally Posted by kbalaz View Post
It amazes me that people still buy Samsung products anymore. They are becoming very well known for the amount of bloatware they put on their devices, having things run secretly in the background, and in being very resource hungry without knowing why.
This... remember purchasing an Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and I was usprised of how much of a crap tone of apps it had preinstalled. Like a full 8GB of it were full cause of them ...Quote
Reply
x

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.